Song of the Week: “Cactus” by The Fish Police

by Douglas Cowie on 30 March 2018

Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “Cactus” by The Fish Police:

I went to see The Fish Police  at the Sebright Arms a few weeks ago, the night before they flew to Texas to launch Edge Myself to the Middle E.P. at South by Southwest. They’re a super fun live band who put on a dance party. Apart from the music, I like the lyrics and vocal delivery in these songs. “Cactus” stands out to me as somebody who’s got a house festooned with cacti, though they also have songs about cocoa butter, chicken, helicopters, and various other subjects you might run into in your daily life. You can go buy their music on Bandcamp, but you should really go check them out live, too.  Those deadpan lyrics are delivered with real swagger from the stage.

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Song of the Week: “Get Up” by Young Fathers

by Douglas Cowie on 23 March 2018

Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “Get Up” by Young Fathers:

 

I went to see Young Fathers on Wednesday. I liked watching the dynamics of their performance, and I also enjoyed getting lost in the immense noise they produce as a live act.

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Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

This is “Jim Dean of Indiana” by Phil Ochs:

I’ve been rereading the short stories of Breece D’J Pancake this week. According to James Allen McPherson, a writer and friend of Pancake’s,  Phil Ochs was Pancake’s favorite musician/songwriter,  and “Jim Dean of Indiana” was his favorite song, or a particular favorite, anyway. If you read the stories and listen to the song, it’s both easy and rewarding to hear and think about the connections between Ochs’ song and Pancake’s fiction.

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Each Friday I pick a song–new, old, borrowed, blue–that’s been on my mind and in my ears, and write a short post about it.

I’ve been out on pickets for much of the past few weeks. Read more about why here. My colleague Dan from the Music Department has been playing and singing this song for the entertainment of all out there.

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